Top 10 Weirdest Migraine Remedies – and Which Ones to Avoid
As a migraine sufferer, chances are you’ve tried everything under the sun to find relief. From changing your diet to honing in on your triggers, there are many different ways to get a handle on your migraines.
Beyond the typical tips and tricks, there are a lot of oddball remedies out there – some of which actually work. Throughout history, people have tried pretty much everything to make those excruciating migraines a thing of the past. From bloodletting to electric eels, it’s safe to say migraineurs are nothing short of creative when it comes to finding relief.
Today, we are going to look at 10 of the strangest migraine remedies that actually do work. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions at all about treating your migraine.
Intentional Brain Freeze
If you are scratching your head (pun totally intended) already, you’re not alone. Most of us try to avoid a brain freeze at all costs, right? Well, according to numerous studies, giving yourself a brain freeze when you feel a migraine coming on may actually do the trick because it can constrict blood flow to the brain.
According to the FDA, wearing a Cefaly headband may reduce the prevalence of migraines by 30 percent. This headband uses electric pulses to stimulate the nerves around the eyes, potentially stopping migraines before they begin. This one is a little expensive, but worth the try if you’re stuck.
Portable Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Often recommended for patients with migraine with aura, this portable device uses magnetic energy to target the visual symptoms associated with migraines.
The benefits of acupuncture are incredible, so it should come as no surprise that this practice of traditional Chinese medicine may be able to reduce migraine symptoms by realigning the flow of energy.
If you are someone who has visual migraine triggers, tinted glasses may be something to try. According to a 2011 study, wearing tinted glasses may help stabilize brain activity for some migraine sufferers.
Essential oils like lavender and peppermint may have properties to prevent a migraine from coming on, especially if used at the start of an attack. If I feel something brewing, I always put a single drop of peppermint oil on the inside of each nostril. It works every time.
This one may sound a little crazy, but there are studies that show using capsaicin nasal spray can reduce the pressure associated with a migraine.
Another unconventional remedy, Bowen therapy, or tail-bone tapping, may help the body reset and realign, stopping migraine symptoms in their tracks.
Cupping is another ancient Chinese practice used to treat a wide range of ailments, including migraines. When placed on tight areas of the shoulder, back, and neck, some have found these powerful little glass bowls are an effective migraine remedy.
Finally, wearing a night guard when sleeping in order to prevent teeth grinding may give you relief from unpleasant migraine symptoms.
Which Migraine Remedies Should I Avoid?
Finding the right treatment for your migraine likely won’t happen overnight, which can be frustrating, to say the least. And while it is true that each person is unique and may find relief from one of these less traditional migraine remedies, I implore you to use common sense. Avoid anything that can cause you physical or mental pain, and of course discuss your choices with your doctor. Lying to your doctor about what you’re currently doing will make him or her think your prescribed course of treatment was working, when it obviously wasn’t. And if you find your doctor doesn’t listen or you aren’t getting the results you wish, I offer phone and in-office consultations and would be happy to discuss any of the above – or the more conventional migraine remedies – with you today.
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